Belfast Telegraph

Man to stand trial accused of murdering prison officer

By Michael Donnelly

A 48-year-old Co Antrim man is to go in trial in September for his alleged involvement in the murder of prison officer Adrian Ismay.

Christopher Alphonsos Robinson from Aspen Park, Dunmurry, pleaded not guilty yesterday during a short hearing before Belfast Crown Court to the murder of Mr Ismay, who died in hospital 11 days after a bomb partially exploded under his van two years ago.

Robinson also denied causing the explosion on March 4, 2016, and to providing a Citroen C3 car, knowing or suspecting it "might be used for the purposes of terrorism".

Mr Justice Colton, who released Robinson on continuing bail, set the trial date for September.

The trial is expected to last five weeks due to the complexity of the forensic evidence involved.

No details surrounding the murder of Mr Ismay were disclosed during the court hearing in Belfast yesterday.

Belfast Telegraph

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